I test drove a GTI, Civic SI, Focus SVT,
Subaru WRX and Celica GT. They're all
great cars. If money was no object and
it weren't so ugly I would've gone for
the WRX. But taking money and style into
consideration the GTI is the best
choice. The engine is very torquey. I
love the solid feel of this car. Just
shut the door and hear a solid thud, not
a hollow boom like on the RSX. Slide the
turn signal and feel it snick into
place. Run your hands over the dash and
feel the quality of the components used,
unlike the hard plastics in the Celica.
Its the little things like these which
gives a car so much of its soul that I
never seem to find on a Japanese car.
The engine and the styling/quality o
fhte GTI are superb. This car is also
easily tuned/modded. It is a genuine
pleasure to drive. There is lots of
usable cargo space. Adults have lots of
headroom in the back unlike the RSX and
The cupholder sucks. The car has too
much body roll. After 5000 miles I
started developing rattles in
the passenger door. The Michelin
MXMXwhatever tires that come from the
factory are not performance tires. And
finally, the shifter is rubbery.
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